The Most Common Pediatric Dental Questions Answered
As a parent, you want nothing more than to see your child grow up healthy and happy. But for first-time parents, watching your child’s many stages can cause you to wonder “Is this normal?” Discover which dental curiosities are actually quite common below!
‘Why are my kid’s teeth yellow?’
Losing baby teeth and growing new adult chompers is always cause for celebration, but parents often express concern that their child’s new adult teeth are yellow. But this discoloration is normal! Adult teeth are comprised of more dentin than primary teeth, so adult teeth can appear “stained” in comparison to baby teeth. In reality, many adult teeth are just the right color when they first grow in!
‘How do I get my child to stop grinding their teeth?’
Many people grind their teeth out of stress or while they sleep, and this action can cause fracturing, pain, jaw issues, and dental damage. Today, there are solutions to prevent the dangerous side effects of teeth grinding, and they can be vital. Dr. Meg is certified with the TheHealthyStart.com, which produces a series of mouthguards to protect your child from grinding and foster healthy growth.
‘Why does my child have two sets of teeth?’
Sometimes our adult teeth are further along than baby teeth, which could result in more teeth than normal in a child’s mouth. Parents have often asked Dr. Meg if these extra teeth are a problem, but having adult teeth erupt before baby teeth have fallen out is normal. Typically, the baby teeth will fall out shortly after, but if necessary, Dr. Meg and her team can assist.
‘Why are there bumps on my child’s tooth?’
Your incisors — or front teeth — are designed by nature for cutting through your food, but when these handy teeth erupt from the gums, they often come with mamelons on them. These are little bumps along the edge, typically appear in groups of three, and are harmless. As Dr. Meg often explains, these will smooth out over time, but can easily be sanded down by a dental professional if necessary.
It’s normal to have many questions about your child’s progression and development, and our team has the dental answers you’re looking for. Give us a call to inquire about your most pressing concerns. 289-768-9905